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Cornie Hulsbos

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Cornie L. Hulsbos

Cornie L. Hulsbos, 97, a resident of Albuquerque for 52 years, passed away January 22, 2018. He was born in a farmhouse in Givin, IA, August 23, 1920, and grew up helping with farm chores using horse and mule drawn implements. He attended small country schools and after high school he moved to Ames, IA, and worked his way through Iowa State University, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering. During WWII he worked for the American Bridge Co. in Ambridge, PA, helping to build landing ships for tanks which were used in the Normandy Invasion. While there, Cornie met Elsie, the love of his life, and they were married in 1945. Shortly after their marriage, Cornie and Elsie moved back to Ames, IA, where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in structural engineering. They had their three children in Ames: Susan, Betty (Zana), and David.

In the early 1960's Cornie taught and did research at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. In 1965, the family moved to Albuquerque where Cornie became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico until his retirement in 1985.

Cornie was an avid fisherman and added fly fishing to his list of hobbies after retirement. The San Juan River was one of his favorite fishing spots. He also enjoyed traveling, camping, photography, gardening, hiking, and attending UNM basketball games for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elsie, in 1978; and by his sister, Wilma VanderWilt, in 2013.

He is survived by daughters, Susan (Dean) Bursch, and Zana Burns; son, David (Mary) Hulsbos; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and their children and grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, February 9, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH â€" University. The service will be Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust NE. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE following the service. Please visit our online guestbook for Cornie at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 4, 2018
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